Today I’m taking a moment out of creative writing to convey my sincere thanks to a lovely bunch of bloggers who have very recently nominated me for a collection of blog awards! It’s really lovely to think I’ve been on WordPress such a short time and already some of you have been kind enough to include me on your lists of nominations – I’m very honoured! 😀
Here is the list of blogs from the lovely people who awarded me. Each and every one are very unique in their own special way. I won’t say more than that, I shall leave them a mystery for you discover! If you haven’t visited their blogs before, then waste no more time and whiz across to find out how brilliant they are!!
Fairytale Epidemic (nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award & Very Inspiring Blogger Award)
Misanthropic Muse (nominated me and a many other bloggers for any blog award we didn’t already have, very amusing I thought – I love it when rules are broken!!)
Cambios De Humor (nominated me for Versatile Blogger Award)
That’s Life and Then You Sigh (nominated me for Versatile Blogger Award)
You might be wondering where the blog awards are? Well, the reason I haven’t displayed them is because I’ve decided not to accept any awards. Not because I don’t like or appreciate awards, but as I have explained to each blogger who nominated me it’s simply the amount of time it’s going to take to deal with each and every one of the awards, to nominate 15 people for each award (75 in total – unless my maths is all wrong there!) plus create a list of things to say about myself each time, just feels way too much for me to take on right now.
Since I started this blog I have been mostly using a collection of poetry and short stories I wrote some time ago, and only a few recently written works. I am still writing bits here and there, but not as often as I would like to, and I really want to get back to it more often than I have lately, as it’s something I have been very slowly teaching myself for nearly ten years. It’s probably the only creativity in my life I have not drifted away from. After all these years I am still in love with the possibility of all the stories in this life any writer could write about!
So, to keep the tradition of awards, I thought I’d compile a list of little facts about myself, and maybe give you better idea of what kind of person is behind all the writing.
1) I was born in London, but never grew up there (pity, I would have loved to be a London girl!)
2) At the age of 6, for one whole year, I lived with my family in a big mansion in the Hertfordshire countryside. Where I played among the rose garden, never ending lawns, rolling hills and fields of horses, and a very spooky dark wood that scared the hell out of me! My parents weren’t Lord and Lady, but housekeeper and chauffeur/gardener. My dad often described himself as a slave to a very grand household. It was a great adventure for a little girl and her big brother!
3) I have a recording on a computer file from a 1976 tape cassette of my seven year old self telling a story about two cats from a poor household who flew away on a magic carpet to have an amazing adventure around the world! I didn’t create stories about ordinary things in those days, always had to be something highly fictional and often surreal!
4) I left school at 13, I hated it so much I refused to go. Caused my poor mum and dad a huge problem with the school authorities, but they were wonderful parents and supported my decision not to continue a secondary school education and with the help of my older brother and his legal skills fought for my right to be taught at home and saved me from being dragged away by social services to a home for disturbed children! And that’s seriously no joke – they really did threaten me with that (punishment for a teenage girl who said no to school!) Of course, they had no legal right to do that, they lost the case, and I got what I needed – peace and quiet and a home education until the age of 16. A lot of young people have either run away from home or committed suicide over situations like that, I count myself very lucky!
5) I joined a local drama group in the village where I lived when I was 15. Their actual age for joining was 16, but no one asked my age, so I had a fabulous teen adventure playing all kinds of characters. They were an amazing group of laughing happy people and gave so much confidence to a depressed, timid teenager who wanted to act her heart out on stage. Every one is still in my mind, I shall never forget them or what they gave me.
This is me at age 18 playing Wendy (in the blue nightdress) in our slightly strange version of Peter Pan. I’m in full flow about something or other in that picture, but the script has long gone from my memory. The Pink Panther costume was supposed to be Nana the dog, but we couldn’t get hold of a dog costume in time, so Pink Panther was the next best choice – created a huge laugh!
6) I’ve never been drunk in my entire life. I got close to tipsy once and remembered some of the silly things I did and said, that was the end of alcohol for me! 😀 Now I drink Darjeeling or Ceylon tea (without milk) and for a cold drink it’s always apple juice, elderflower cordial or water.
7) I’ve only been on the internet since March 2012 – I know I’m a little slow, but I’m catching up fast!
8) My favourite colours are midnight blue and deep purple.
9) I am a ardent Dr Who fan! I’ve watched the quirky sci-fi series since the 70’s. I had a break from watching it in the late 80’s and 90’s when the script writers lost the plot and destroyed the programme to it’s end. But ever since it came back in 2005 I’ve been loyal fan. I’m not much into sci-fi in general, but the stories in Dr Who these days are so deep and meaningful they put all other science fiction series to shame! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, take a look at the video below.
This is the first picture ever to be taken of me, I thought I’d share it for a laugh. I’m not drunk – just one week old!! 😀
Thank you all so much for your likes, lovely comments and interaction we have, it’s changed my life entirely, just to get to know you all and view your wonderful honest creations, even if it is through a computer screen! 😀
Keep on blogging!